ST. JAMES, New York’s Staten Island — Daylight Savings Time (DST) is approaching, which is good news if you’re sick of the short, dark days of winter.
This month, New Yorkers will “spring forward” and enjoy longer, warmer days as a result. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which regulates the implementation of DST, the time change will take place on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., moving the clock forward an hour to 3 a.m.
The time on many modern devices, such as cable boxes, cellphones, smartwatches, and computers, is automatically set.
Wall clocks, bedside alarm clocks, and mechanical watches are just some of the other timepieces that will require adjusting, along with a few of your kitchen appliances, your car’s clock, your medical equipment, and your security alarm.
The majority of people throughout the world will move their clocks forward an hour on Sunday, March 11 before going to bed.
Advocacy groups and government officials recommend that households update the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year, at the start and conclusion of Daylight Saving Time, to ensure the devices are always operational.
Just what does observing Daylight Saving Time entail, then?
We can take advantage of the longer hours of daylight and milder temperatures during the spring and summer. The event is held annually on the second Sunday of March across the United States.
Our time is not gained or lost when we adjust the clocks.
Due to DST, we lose some daylight in the morning and gain it back in the late afternoon, when most people are done with their workday. Since we won’t have to switch on the lights quite so early, it’s assumed that we’ll be able to save some money on our power bill.
Time change for daylight saving was proposed by Benjamin Franklin. In his satirical 1784 article “An Economical Proposal,” he proposed maximizing the use of sunshine as a means of cutting costs.
Daylight saving time was originally instituted in Germany. Saving daylight for energy purposes was implemented in 1916, during World War I. Daylight Saving Time (DST) was initially implemented in the United States in 1918 when the Standard Time Act was passed by Congress.
Not all states in the United States observe Daylight Saving Time. Hawaii and the rest of Arizona (excluding the Navajo Nation) share the same time zone all year.